Spring has sprung
I have vivid memories of spring and especially Easter as a little girl in Louisville, KY. My Mother or my Aunt Jane would take me downtown on the bus to shop for my Easter outfit—black patent leathers, white anklet socks, the most beautiful dress I’d ever seen, cotton coat, hat to match, usually new white gloves and if I was really lucky, a new purse—I couldn’t sleep the night before I was so excited—I loved this outing!
I don’t have a lot of memories about specific events during my childhood, but I could describe every special outfit that I ever had—in detail. It was apparent early on that I loved my clothes—I dreamed of outfits. And best of all, my mother was a fabulous seamstress. We’d go “window shopping” at the department stores, stop at the fabric store on the way home and Mother would whip up something that night—without a pattern. She was amazing.
So every spring this feeling comes back and I start to get the itch to go out and buy my new outfit for spring. I have to admit, in the last couple of years this hasn’t been as much fun as I would have liked. Due to the low-rise phenomenon of pants on the planet, and the expansion of my waist, most of the time I would come home empty handed, not to mention depressed after being in those god awful dressing rooms that make your body look jaundiced and sagging. I felt old and out of it.
This year I had hope—some pant styles were coming back to the waistline—at least close. I found that hope at J. Crew. I’ve shopped there for years, but the last couple were hard because everything was sooooo young. This week I hit a jackpot and so did a number of other women my age who were shopping that day. I need to warn you that you have to get past the short/shorts on the front table and if you go to the website or catalog you need to squint so you just get the overall idea—color, shape, texture. The models are really young, but don't let that put you off. You’ll find a great selection of tops, pants, sweaters. Great colors, silhouettes, fabrics—easy clothes.
Clothes/J. Crew Jewelry & Shoes/spope
Check out what I found:
I love these drawstring pants especially rolled up. Great colors and a really good fit.
Updated take on the soft comfortable un-sweatpant. They're a mix of linen & cotton with a zippered ankle.
Lot's of really cute knit tops . Remember, you can wear sleeveless and pull on a light cotton sweater. We have to get over this arm thing—just cover them up. For years I didn't even look at sleeveless tops—rather limiting wouldn't you say?
Have fun, don’t beat yourself up because of what you look like under those flourescent dressing room lights and I hope you find some fabulous goodies.
P.S. I don’t endorse brands for payment—I just really love the look of J. Crew this season.